10-year-old battling serious illness getting 'Fantasy Fenway' in backyard

For many 10-year-olds, baseball is just one of many distractions from everyday life. For Thomas Hastings, his love of the Boston Red Sox is a way to keep his mind from wandering into the darkest of places.

Thomas is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an illness that has already confined him to a wheelchair and is expected to do much worse. When the Make-A-Wish folks asked Thomas what he wanted, he asked for Fenway Park—in his Connecticut backyard.

And the Red Sox—with the help of many volunteers—are making it happen.

According to the Boston Herald, Thomas’ ‘Fantasy Fenway’ will be as close to the real Fenway as possible, given that space is somewhat limited.

From the Herald:

Fantasy Fenway will have the same outfield sod as Reality Fenway — and much, much more. Its Fisk Pole is 68 feet from home plate down the third-base line. Following Fenway’s contours, it will be 85 feet to left-center field, 92 feet to the Triangle, 82 feet to the bullpen (yes, there will be a bullpen in right) and 68 feet to the Pesky pole.

The infield will be synthetic turf with expandable baselines. The Green Monster will be 16-feet high, 52-feet long and will have a six-foot deep deck for seating and Thomas’ wheelchair. Fantasy Fenway also features two dugouts and a sort-of press box

While the park is for Thomas, his father told the paper that the show of goodwill by the volunteers has spread throughout the community.

“We had a woman who stopped by during construction and said, ‘This completely restores my faith in humanity right here,’ ” Brad Hastings told the Herald. “There were six different contractors there working for free. ‘This is such a good thing,’ she said.”

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